A date with the Silverbacks in the Congo; Ashok Warrier; The Hindu

Coming face to face with Grauer’s Gorillas in the Congo is an unforgettable experience

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Ranger killed in park attack in Democratic Republic of Congo; Danielle Haynes; UPI

A park ranger at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo died Thursday after an attack at a ranger post, park officials said.

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11 amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites in danger of disappearing forever; Angela Orlando; Matador Network

A world without okapi would be a very sad place.

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Null and void? CoMiCo’s oil aspirations in DRC; Global Witness

An opaque Guernsey-owned company’s oil contract threatening Salonga National Park in Democratic Republic Congo could be null and void, according to our legal analysis.

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Congo to Destroy UNESCO World Heritage Sites in search for Oil; Sebastiane Ebatamehi; African Exponent

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Aww: Man Comforts Gorilla Who Just Lost His Mom; Cyber Breeze

We all know that losing a parent can be one of the most tragic days of a person’s life. This photo that was taken by photographer Phil Moore shows us that that the feelings of loss and sadness that come with losing a mother aren’t limited to the human species. Read on to find out […]

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Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Prioritises Oil Over Conservation; Duncan E Omondi Gumba; All Africa

Analysis – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has decided to degazette parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to allow for oil drilling. Environmentalists have reacted sharply to the decision to open up Virunga and Salonga national parks – a move that is likely to jeopardise a regional treaty on the protection of Africa’s most biodiverse wildlife habitat and the endangered mountain gorilla.

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Congo says it will open two national parks up to oil drilling; Amedee Mwarabu; Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said on Friday that it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species, to oil drilling.

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DRC: Oil drilling allowed in last refuge of ‘Critically Endangered’ apes; Down To Earth

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas

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Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies; Deutsche Welle

Kinshasa has defended its right to declassify sections of the parks over the protests of environmental activists. The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to countless rare plants and animals.

Source: Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies